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Sun Jul 13, 2014 8:07 am

I've been in clinical research for 15 years and I love it. I suspect I'll be doing it for a while yet.

I've been thinking about nurses who have considered clinical research, and what it is about research that they thought might be attractive? Is it the collection of data,  office hours, getting away from the regular ward work? Doing something completely different? Liked the idea of a mix of admin & clinical? Managing a study or project?

What made you decide to not to go down the clinical research path? If you have done research what attracted you to it? If you did research and left, why?

I'm often looking for nurses for my clinical research group and was interested in the back story. For those that thought about it but were dissuaded for some reason or did it and left.

Hoping for some interesting discussion.

 

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Jul 13, 2014, 01:55 pm Last edited Jul 13, 2014, 01:55 pm update #1

I have had PM messages regarding clinical research and thought I would share my answer because it is something I am often asked. The question was essentially what qualification do you need to be able to do a research job. Another part of the question also lead to me explain where nurses can also go within research outside of the usual hospital/clinic setting.

I'll preface by saying the type of research I'm involved in are sponsored clinical trials (eg. by a pharma company or a disease foundation) and investigator initiated trials (research thought up and headed, usually, by a medical doctor).

In NSW there is no specific qualification you MUST have to be in clinical research, however it may be dictated by the actual area the research is being done. Eg. If you are doing research in ICU, then usually you would need to be an RN as EN's are not in ICU.
You don't necessarily need to have experience in the particular area you are going to be doing research in, although it can help. It depends on the requirements of the position. For example my area is ophthalmology and our basic requirement is that you've had some hospital or clinic experience and must be an RN (this is because the hospital we are attached to needs an RN when they assist the doctors in some of the eye injections, also they inject IV fluorescein dye during the retinal angiogram, so again it needs to be an RN according to our local requirements). You also MUST have a good command of IT/computer literacy otherwise the job will be a big struggle due to the data/admin load. 
You might be interested to know that many companies (pharmaceutical and secondary organisations called contract research organisations, CRO's, who oversee research) offer "Clinical Research Associate" (CRA) jobs.
These CRA's come to each research site and check (monitor) all the data